Drawing 206: The summit of Grey Knotts

Direction of view: WNW

Notes: The viewpoint is alongside the fence that crosses the summit area.  Some of the stones in the foreground are still identifiable, though in the foreground grass has encroached over what appears to be shallow water in AW’s drawing.

This scene appears as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 488, and it is on page 127 of Fellwalking with a Camera. The mountain drawing is the same view as the sketch.

Comments: I took this picture on 29th August 2015.  Peter Messenger and I set out from Honister to walk a section of the Wainwright Memorial Walk, but turned back from Brandreth due to poor weather, including strong, cold wind.  We descended via Grey Knotts for this photo, and after the walk I spent some time looking for drawings 180 and 103 – neither with complete success.

Wainwright finds the summit enchanting: “an untidy wilderness of rocky tors and shallow tarns”.  I’ve never understood why he didn’t extol Seathwaite Fell in this regard – to my mind a far more attractive and interesting summit than Grey Knotts!